‘Shrek-tacular’ time is in store

Dean Chisnall, Richard Blackwood and Carley Stenson in Shrek

Dean Chisnall, Richard Blackwood and Carley Stenson in Shrek

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A ‘Shrektacular’ autumn season has been announced for the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham

A super-charged season gets off to an all-singing, all-dancing start with the West End smash hit Shrek The Musical, appearing for three weeks in September.

The season continues, full to bursting with the very best music and dance, with the Olivier award-winning Top Hat and a new production of the classic musical Calamity Jane, starring Jodie Prenger at the Theatre Royal.

From the world of comedy, some stellar names visit the Royal Concert Hall this autumn, including Ross Noble, Dawn French, Joan Rivers, Alan Davies and Lee Mack.

The venue will also play host to some of the biggest names in music, including Paloma Faith, Erasure, John Legend, The Saturdays, The Osmonds, Tony Hadley, Caro Emerald, Peter Andre, Steve Hackett, Sheryl Crow, Paul Potts, Neil Sedaka, Paul Carrack, Jools Holland, The Manfreds, plus Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott.

Home-grown talent will also get a chance to shine with Nottingham Rocks, featuring the city’s best up-and-coming music artists, and Nottingham’s Top Talent, which will showcase the best live performers from across Nottingham as they compete for a £1,000 prize.

Both venues have plenty to offer younger audiences, too, including Peppa Pig, Dinosaur Zoo, Nottingham Operatic Society’s Annie, Horrible Histories Barmy Britain and the venue’s own Beanbag Music Club for little ones.

Northern Ballet recreates the glamour of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and also brings a new ballet production especially for children to the Theatre Royal, Three Little Pigs. Dance fans will also be excited to see the return of Rambert and of Riverdance, plus a unique opportunity to see Inala - A Zulu Ballet featuring music from Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Events and productions marking the centenary of the First World War include a world premiere of Pat Barker’s Regeneration prior to the West End, plus tales, poems and music from the era on the dress circle foyer’s Third Stage.

Opera North return to the Theatre Royal this autumn with arguably the most popular opera of all time, Verdi’s La Traviata, plus Smetana’s The Bartered Bride and Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea.

Due to demand, the ever-popular John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra, and the multi-award-winning trumpet star Alison Balsom, return to the Royal Concert Hall this season.

Other highlights include A Concert For Courage, The Good Old Days of Music Hall and Variety, The Ultimate Eagles, The Magic of Motown, Fascinating Aida, Sixties Gold, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac and the RAF in Concert.

More information on all forthcoming events can be found at www.trch.co.uk.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.trch.co.uk or through the box office on 0115 989 5555.

n Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott have reunited for the first tour since their Beautiful South days for forthcoming autumn dates .

Their new single Moulding Of A Fool is out this week and additional tour dates have now been announcd due to phenomenal demand.

Paul Heaton was the frontman and co-songwriter for The Beautiful South for almost 20 years.

During that time, they were one of the most commercially and critically successful British bands around.

Jacqui Abbott was a singer with the band during their middle period and starred on such big hits as Rotterdam, Don’t Marry Her, Perfect 10 and Everybody’s Talkng, to name just a few.

The tour now includes a date at Nottingham’s Royal Concert all on Wednesday, November 26.

These dates follow the sold-out success of Paul and Jacqui’s spring tour and the release of the new album What Have We Become.

The record has been a massive success, both critically and commercially, going straight in the charts at Number 3 on release.

Tickets are £22.50, available via www.trch.co.uk

or on 0115 989 5555.